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Old 06-01-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default If Google told you to jump off a cliff...

I saw this crazy news story the other day and thought that I would share it and get some people's opinions on the lack of common sense with the American public.
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If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you?
Posted by Seth Weintraub
May 29, 2010 5:29 PM

A Utah woman used Google Maps' walking directions on her Blackberry and was given directions to walk onto a highway. She got hit and is now suing Google for damages.

Enter Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah. She used Google Maps on her Blackberry to get walking directions from one part of town to another. Part of those direction included walking on a road without sidewalks called Deer Valley Drive, aka Utah State Route 224.

According to court documents, instead of finding a different route or walking safely away from traffic, she walked into the street and was (surprise!) struck by a car. Now she's suing Google for in excess of $100,000.

This reminds me of something my parents used to tell me when I was younger and blamed someone else for my mistakes. They'd say "If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you do it?"
Except I was a kid. And if I was told to walk onto a highway, I would have passed.

Microsoft's Bing has a similar warning when mapping the same path:
"Caution, this route may be missing sidewalks or other pedestrian paths."

The problem is that you only get 320x480 pixels on a Blackberry screen (if you are lucky) and if Google needed to put warnings on its Maps pages, there'd hardly be any room for a map.

Instead, Google has to rely on people using common sense and lessons they learned in kindergarten at least until their maps become 'fool proof'.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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I don't understand how these 'people' ever get their claims to court. "I followed a Google Map and it said go over a motorway an-"
"You stepped onto a motorway?"
"Yes. But the ma-"
"Learn common sense! Why woud anyone step out on a motorway?"
"Because the Google map said so"

Some people are very silly. And some how get money from it. It makes me sad.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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I heared, quite a while ago, that a woman sued some big junk food restaurant, because she accidently spilled their coffee all over herself, and it was apparently "too hot". I agree with hyperme, those idiots getting money from being stupid is totally ridiculous.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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I heared, quite a while ago, that a woman sued some big junk food restaurant, because she accidently spilled their coffee all over herself, and it was apparently "too hot". I agree with hyperme, those idiots getting money from being stupid is totally ridiculous.
That one was quite legitimate: The coffee was hot enough to cause third degree burns.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: If Google told you to jump off a cliff...

I once heard of a guy suing McDonald's because his child got fat eating their food so much.. or something like that.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:05 PM   #6
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I lady called 911 because her local McDonald's ran out of Chicken McNuggets. Some people are not that bright these days.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:43 AM   #7
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Some grandma over here called 111 (emergency no. over here) beacause her husband forgot to use air freshner after going to the toilet! Lol!
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:55 AM   #8
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That one was quite legitimate: The coffee was hot enough to cause third degree burns.
She was supposed to be careful, should bb-gun companies be sued if someone shots himself in the eye?
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:59 AM   #9
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Flamingos are the only creatures on earth that can eat a MacDonalds apple pie. They can eat things at about 150 Degrees Celsius!
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #10
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i have Sense just not logic or spelling...
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:00 AM   #11
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She was supposed to be careful, should bb-gun companies be sued if someone shots himself in the eye?
Well, if the BB gun spontaneously fires with no warning, and has no trigger guard...

Coffee should not ever be hot enough to burn a noticable amount of skin off.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:29 AM   #12
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Coffee should not ever be hot enough to burn a noticable amount of skin off.
To make coffee, you need boiling water. Boiling water is burny.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:43 AM   #13
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I don't know the story or the factors involved (was a waiter involved? Did he set it down in a secure location? Was she warned? How did she spill it? Etc., etc.), but it sounds like it's both her and the company's (well, a few people working there) fault. Coffee is going to be hot; I don't drink it, so I don't know if it's suppose to be capable of causing third-degree burns. However, it sounds like the coffee was in the woman's "care" when the accident happened.

I hope her medical care was paid for, and an apology issued, but little more than that.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:54 AM   #14
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wow,google is celebrating the"jump of a cliff" day.i guess i need to celebrate it tooo!!!!so goodbye.......of course not.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:22 PM   #15
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Actually, she got the coffee at a drive through and was holding it between her legs and driving when it spilled. The coffee might have been too hot, but clearly some care (as in more care than this) should be taken in handling hot beverages.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:27 PM   #16
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Actually, she got the coffee at a drive through and was holding it between her legs and driving when it spilled. The coffee might have been too hot, but clearly some care (as in more care than this) should be taken in handling hot beverages.
That makes it even worse. She was drinking, WHILE driving.
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Actually, she got the coffee at a drive through and was holding it between her legs and driving when it spilled. The coffee might have been too hot, but clearly some care (as in more care than this) should be taken in handling hot beverages.
Thanks, and yup. Sounds like this was mostly her responsibility.
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Oh [insert deity here] if that woman suceed in her law suiting and there was a jury that jury should be made to eat delicous 80% Capsaicin concentration Hot Sauce on tasty Lemons. However as I am mildly nice they will get to have Miracle Fruit Ice Cream Sudae to ease the pain. Or who ever let her get success if she got sucess should get that 'reward' because really.

People make me sad.
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Oh [insert deity here] if that woman suceed in her law suiting and there was a jury that jury should be made to eat delicous 80% Capsaicin concentration Hot Sauce on tasty Lemons. However as I am mildly nice they will get to have Miracle Fruit Ice Cream Sudae to ease the pain. Or who ever let her get success if she got sucess should get that 'reward' because really.
Problem, hyperme? *Trollface*

But yes, frivolous lawsuits should be looked down upon, very much so. Otherwise I'll sue the city for forcing me to occasionally walk places.
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Problem, hyperme? *Trollface*
I have no Miracle Fruit so the people at customs said 80% concentration Capsaicin was far to toxic to mail anywhere. Hooray no follwing arguement.

Back on serious, everytime you file a frivolous lawsuit, some sells me a good, smile worthy joke. According to people at school, everytime I smile, a puppy dies.
Of course, the funny thing is, I keep thinky of the Darwin Awards. Silly people die in silly ways. I mean, welding a grenade? Really? It's the next step down, who servive, who corrupt the meaning of lawsuits until cost cutting collapses a crane all over your leg, and it's really hard to get monies you deserve.
/gibbering rant.
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